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November 15, 2013

Water displacement: Dock renters forced to move out of Jeffersonville marina

Action comes in wake of disagreement between mayor, council on renovations

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JEFFERSONVILLE —

At the Nov. 4 council meeting Lanz warned that a denial by the council could lead the corps to pull the permit for the project. Lanz has since backed away from that contention, and said Thursday that after subsequent conversations with the corps, he does not believe the permit will be pulled.

Max Hagan, environmental engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District, said that the corps has not received a request to pull the permit.

“If it’s not contrary to overall pubic interest then we would OK the project,” Hagan said. “I do not know of any reason why would not approve processing the application request.”

He added that the corps has approved a project before a funding mechanism is in place and a financing instrument is not necessary to hand over permits. But if the corps knows of a public instrument has been denied, or will be denied, then the corps can deny the application without prejudice.

SAFETY HAZARD ?

The rationale for moving the boat owners out of the docks by Nov. 30 is that they have been deemed a public safety issue.

Moore said Jeffersonville Police Department and Fire Department officials, and the city’s insurance carrier, all recommended that the docks were a public safety hazard.

“I am not the one that determines public safety issues,” Moore said.

Calls made to JFD Chief Eric Hedrick were not returned as of press time, but he said at the council’s Nov. 4 meeting that the docks were a public safety hazard.

“There have been discussions between the fire chief myself and the mayor about the safety of the docks,” said JPD Chief Chris Grimm. “Anybody can tell that they are not safe.”

But the boat owners said that it is the city owned docks that are in disrepair.

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